Inbox/Outbox: May 20, 2016

In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers’ lives by sharing comics we acquired, the comics we finished, and the next comics we plan to read each week.

Inbox (Comics Acquired)

space dumplinsSpace Dumplins by Craig Thompson

It may come as no surprise that I’m obsessed with space adventure comics. This fun book for young readers follows Violet and her friends as they save the day—and risk everything to do so. In space. Um, yes?

Picture a Favela by Andre Diniz and Mauricio Hora

Maurício Hora grew up in one of Brazil’s most dangerous favelas (slums), the son of a drug-dealing father. Yet Mauricio’s life took a different path; he is now a very well-known photographer who captures life in the favelas—the dangers, but the joys, too. I had the honor of meeting Mauricio and visiting his home favela when I traveled to Brazil a few years ago, so when I learned about this graphic memoir I was ALL over it. I can’t wait!

Outbox (Comics Finished)

through-the-woods-9781442465954_hrThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

OMG this book! Emily Carroll’s art is spare and gorgeous and so ominous, but her storytelling is even better. Carroll seems to know exactly when a story needs dialogue and exposition, and when images alone will tell a stronger story. I knew I’d enjoy the book—five short stories with new takes on fairy tales and other deliciously terrifying stories—but I didn’t realize how obsessed I’d be. I’m glad I bought my own shiny copy, so I can re-read it over and over again.

Concrete Park, Vol. 1 by Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander, and Robert Alexander

Scare City is like the original Bitch Planet—a sci-fi world filled with desperate criminals and kick-ass ladies. All of the characters are just trying to survive the unforgiving desert planet, caught in the gaze of two suns. Although everyone in the book is tough—they have to be—they are also very likeable and empathetic. I’m eager to read more about their world—and I’m rooting for them all to survive!

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

LostAngels_TPB_CoverLost Angels by David Accampo and Chris Anderson

I’ve mentioned before how excited I was to kickstart a project from one of our very own Panelteers, Dave Accampo. This round of funding is all set, so I’ve received my reward—the first volume of Lost Angels. It’s so cool when someone you know (at least, through the internet) writes stories that seem specifically designed to appeal to your taste. Thanks, Dave!

Long Red Hair by Meags Fitzgerald

This book dives into the joy of childhood and, simultaneously, that sense of being apart—the ways in which you know, even from an early age, that you’re a little different from your friends. Fitzgerald explores bisexuality, rejection, and redemption, while also weaving in history and philosophy. I already know I’m going to love it.

How about you? What comics did you read this week, and what are you excited about?